Bio

This year Toby Beard had to wear a moon boot. Why? Broken bones in her left foot, fractured bones in her right. Sounds strange? If you have never witnessed a live show of Toby’s then it’s hard to understand. Toby is a foot stomper, a passionate, raw, cheeky and powerful performer playing a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick. (she never really wore the moon boot, it got in the way of the foot stomping of course…)

Western Australia’s Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat.

A prolific and powerful artist, music has always been Toby’s driving force. Toby grew up in Western Australia and bases much of her work here, with strong ties in Canada, the USA and Europe. Over the past decade Toby has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. In the meantime, she has 6 albums, 2 live DVDs and several EPs under her belt. Between her touring and recording, it is a rare occasion that she will spend any given time in one place, setting her up for some great song writing inspiration. Toby finds her anchor in her family, her life on the road and the people she meets and this shows in her song writing. She was born to perform.

Toby has recorded with some of the best. Her first two albums were produced by Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio) and recorded in Fremantle WA. Her 2010 album “Sleeptalk” was recorded in San Fransisco with a team consisting of the likes of Dave Matthews on keys (Etta James), Jon Evans on bass (Tori Amos) and Julie Wolf (Ani Difranco, The Indigo Girls, Maceo Parker).

“Nobody Told Me” (2015) was recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle with acclaimed producer Ryan Hadlock (best known for his Grammy-nominated work with The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, and ARIA-winner Vance Joy) and an array of USA talent including Portland based Joe Plummer (The Shins, Modest Mouse and Cold War Kids), bassist Adam Trachsel and violinist Lauren Jacobson (both performed on the Grammy nominated album The Lumineers), and Josh Neumann on cello (Brandi Carlile, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis).

Last year Toby released a six track EP “Fall Into Me”. To create her masterpiece, Toby teamed up with Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain to record and produce half of the EP. Quartermain also plays drums, bass, keys and electric guitar. The other half was recorded by Rada Studio‘s Matt Gio, also playing drums and bass on the tracks.

This year (2018), the focus has been on her brand new EP “About Time”. Recorded with Matt Gio at Rada Studios (Perth, WA), Toby decided it was about time she stripped the music right back and in doing so the end product is truely beautiful. She wears her heart on her sleeve. Singing about ‘time’ in its different forms.

Over the years Toby has opened for some iconic artists including Sheryl Crow, John Butler Trio, The Waifs, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Barnes and The Indigo Girls just to name a few. She has performed at festivals worldwide including Summeriest (Milwaukee USA), WA Blues and Roots Fest (Aus), Skagen Fest (Denmark), Bardentreffen Fest (Germany), Big Time Out Fest (Canada) Utah Pride Fest (Utah USA) and L-Fest (UK).

Toby’s eclectic touring life sees her continue to spread her infectious musical vein across the globe, playing everything from sold out headline shows to impressive festival slots and supports, from barnyard gigs to canal boats and intimate bodegas for a lucky few. Her reputation as a must-see, emotionally charged live performance, intertwined with songs guaranteed to get you moving, precedes her wherever she plays.


FESTIVALS PLAYED:

  • Summerfest – Milwaukee , USA
  • West Coast Blues and Roots Fest, Australia
  • Day On The Green, Australia
  • Skagenfestival, Denmark
  • Utah Pride Festival-Utah, USA
  • Blacksheep Festival, Germany
  • Bardentreffen Festival, Germany
  • Pride Fest – Milwaukee, USA
  • Women’s Red Rock Fest – Utah, USA
  • L-Beach Fest – Weissenhäuser Strand DE
  • Big Time Fest – Vancouver Island , Canada
  • Kaslo Jazz Fest – BC, Canada
  • Sunshine Music Fest – BC, Canada
  • Sasquash Music Festival – AB, Canada
  • Tribal Funk Fest – Salmon Arms, Canada
  • Evolve Fest – Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Blue Skies Fest – Ontario, Canada
  • Cowischan Festival – BC, Canada
  • Duncan Folk Fest – BC, Canada
  • The Secret Garden Festival – Ferrara, Italy
  • Klosterpark Open Air Fest- Harsefeld, Germany
  • Folk am Turm Fest- Bad Wünnenberg, Germany
  • L-Fest – UK
  • Girls Got The Blues Festival – UK
  • Bridgetown Blues Festival – WA, Australia
  • Fairbridge Folk Festival – WA, Australia
  • Nannup Music Festival – WA, Australia
  • Vintage Blues Festival – WA, Australia
  • TOBY HAS SUPPORTED:

    • Sheryl Crow (USA)
    • John Cougar Mellencamp (USA)
    • Gomez ( UK )
    • Brandy (USA)
    • The Indigo Girls ( USA )
    • John Butler Trio (AUS)
    • Paul Kelly (AUS)
    • The Waifs (AUS)
    • Pete Murray (AUS)
    • Donavon Frankenreiter ( USA )
    • Luka Bloom ( IRELAND )
    • Renee Geyer (AUS)
    • Ian Moss (AUS)
    • Jimmy Barnes (AUS)
    • Darryl Braithwaite (AUS)
    • James Reyne (AUS)
    • Katie Noonan (AUS)
    • Wendy Matthews (CAN)
    • Eugene Hideaway Bridges ( USA )
    • Glen Tillbrook ( UK )
    • Diesel (AUS)
    • Brian Cadd (AUS)
    • Russel Morris (AUS)
    • Betty (USA)
    • Mia Dyson (AUS)
    • Wallis Bird (IRE)

    ALBUMS:

    • About Time (6 tracks) -2018Fall Into Me (6 tracks)- 2017Nobody Told Me – 2015
    • Coming Home – 2012
    • Good Old Days (DVD) – 2011
    • Sleeptalk – 2010
    • C’est Lamour (EP) – 2009
    • Live at The Fly (DVD) – 2008
    • Love Underground – 2008
    • Red Rooster (EP) – 2007
    • Tu Es Belle (EP) – 2007
    • Renaissance – 2006
    • On Second Thoughts (EP) – 2005
    • GiddyUp (EP) – 2004
    • Indi, Live On The West Coast – 2004

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